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Sound of the Sirens - For All Our Sins (DMF Records)

From the opening track Smokescreen Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, who are Sound Of The Sirens, offer an utterly captivating blend of vocal harmonies, strident acoustic guitars and infectious upbeat music. There is a venom and vim to their delivery, like American duo The Indigo Girls and 90's UK pair...

Front Country - Other Love Songs (Organic Records)

San Francisco Bay's 'roots pop' five-piece Front Country add a further dozen selections to their repertoire with this their second album, which for the most part showcases the songwriting credentials of singer Melody Walker, whose assured delivery sparkles throughout the album. Soulful, gritty and...

Track Dogs - Serenity Sessions (Monde Green Records)

The third album by Track Dogs, the Madrid-based quartet formerly known as the Garrett Wall Band, offers a fine balance of acoustic soul blended with gentle pop sensibilities, augmented by the band's ubiquitous trumpet sound, courtesy of Sheffield-born Howard Brown. Recalled for their pretty...

Katie Spencer - Good Morning Sky EP (Self Release)

There's nothing really quite as rewarding in music as bearing witness to a burgeoning talent through an artists' teenage years, watching that talent grow and develop with an equal measure of drive and determination, whilst taking each opportunity as and when it comes along. Yorkshire-based Katie...

Tilly Moses - Alight and Adrift (GingerDog Records)

This debut album by Tilly Moses, a young Suffolk-born, now York-based singer-songwriter/mandolin player, comes as a result of a lengthy teenage apprenticeship spent writing, performing, collaborating and recording in preparation for this moment. Tilly's penchant for theatrical hats and colourful...

Emily Mae Winters - Siren Serenade (Self Release)

Emily Mae Winters first came to our attention last year with the release of her four-song FOREIGN WATERS EP, produced by Ben Walker, which clearly pointed in the direction of a potentially promising future. Confident in this knowledge, the singer songwriter once again teams up with Walker along...

Ninebarrow

Thorganby Village Hall Sunday 28 May 2017 Arriving in Thorganby this evening provided the perfect preface to tonight's concert by English folk duo Ninebarrow. The picturesque little village, nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside, welcomes its visitors with such quintessentially English...

Shepley Spring Festival

Shepley Village Friday 19 - Sunday 21 May 2017 The first thing that comes to mind whenever I return to Shepley is the clear memory of the previous festival, together with lingering memories of festivals prior to that. Then there's the steadily fading memory of the village cricket field, the former...

Dan Walsh - Verging on the Perpendicular (Rooksmere Records)

The definition of a 'true great' is for me, the one who makes it all seem so effortless, somersaulting, and floating through the air whilst landing perfectly, wobble free, just as though little energy, and hours of practice were uninvolved. The technical skill in Dan Walsh's VERGING ON THE...

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